Apple’s iTunes service may be 17 years old and in dire need of a redesign, but it’s still hanging in there as one of the most popular ways to download media. However new security changes from Apple mean that some users will either have to upgrade their ageing devices or find a new media library.
It’s been more than 11 years since the first-gen Apple TV was introduced and if you’re still using it, well, congratulations, it was a good run. In a fresh support document, Apple says this device is “an obsolete Apple product” and it will no longer work with iTunes.
There may not be a whole lot of nostalgic love out there for the original Apple TV, but hobbyists and jailbreakers might still find the set-top box useful. Anyone who insists on hanging on to theirs might want to consider turning it into a Kodi box.
The other two casualties in Apple’s pending update are Windows XP and Vista. This is likely to affect a lot more users than the first Apple TV, as there are still millions of people on both of these operating systems. If you’re one of them, you should stop if you can help it. Windows XP isn’t secure and Vista sucks. Just stop it.
You have until May 25 to prepare yourself for the great, inevitable iTunes reckoning.